Pittsburg High School is gearing up for its annual tribute to Cesar Chavez.

The March 28 event will feature Dolores Huerta -- a key player from the Chavez movement.

Alongside the esteemed Chavez, Huerta, a labor leader and civil rights activist, cofounded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Huerta has been honored for her tireless community service and advocacy with numerous awards, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 1965, Huerta directed the UFW's national boycott during the "Delano grape strike," which resulted in the California grape industry signing a three-year contract with the union in 1970.

"We are honored to have (Dolores Huerta) as the keynote speaker," teacher Eugenia Rodriguez said. "She's a very hardworking person, who worked with Cesar Chavez on so many projects."

This year, there are two assemblies, 11:56 a.m. and 1:27 p.m., to enable all teachers and students to see Huerta's presentation. (The assemblies are not open to the public.)

In related news, Rodriguez said the school has started its first senior scholarship fundraising activity. The school's Latinos Unidos club is selling DVDs of the "Chasing Rodriguez" film.

"It is directed and made by Jeff Mosley and was filmed here in Contra Costa County," Rodriguez said.

Mosley has helped other schools raise money with his movie, and the Unidos club adviser is hoping for the same for PHS.


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For more information on how to buy the DVD, email jeff@concordmovie.com or call 925-473-2390, ext. 7824.

Contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net.